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Pic of the Week: Calling all Choreographers Edition

Posted by: Pat Padua

The following is a guest post by Dance Heritage Coalition Fellow Nicole Topich. Processing the Marge Champion Collection in the Music Division has been one of the most exciting archives jobs I have held.  The collection is not very large, but almost every item I found was interesting or historically significant.  Because the collection has …

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Pic of the Week: Politics and the Dancing Body Edition

Posted by: Pat Padua

The Music Division is proud to announce a new exhibition in the lobby of the Performing Arts Reading Room.  Choreographers have long used the medium of dance to express America’s cultural diversity.  Politics and the Dancing Body also explores the way choreographers employ the body as a tool in the fight against injustice.  The exhibit …

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Pic of the Week: Happy Birthday Alvin Ailey Edition

Posted by: Pat Padua

The following is a guest post by Denise Gallo, Head of Acquisitions and Processing. Many people may be under the misconception that the Music Division only collects music. Despite our division’s title, the name of our reading room, Performing Arts, actually describes our holdings far more accurately. So, in addition to music, we also boast …

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Happy Birthday Martha Graham!

Posted by: Pat Padua

It’s been an especially busy week here in the Music Division, and In the Muse will soon bring you exclusive pictures of last night’s all-star ASCAP concert in the Coolidge Auditorium. But it has come to our attention that Google is paying homage to Martha Graham on her birthday with an animation of  the iconic dancer. …

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Pic of the Week: Graham by Moselsio

Posted by: Pat Padua

This week’s featured picture is from the Herta Moselsio Collection, a remarkable  body of work that can be found in our Martha Graham presentation. In 1939, film maker Moselsio worked with  Martha Graham to film her work Lamentation, which premiered in New York in 1930. This iconic work of Graham places the solo dancer on …

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Martha, Martha, Martha!

Posted by: Pat Padua

Selections from the Martha Graham Collection is a new web presentation now available in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia. Dancer, choreographer, and company director Martha Graham (1894-1991) is considered one of the pioneering founders of American modern dance.  In a career spanning over seven decades, Graham developed her own innovative technique and produced an impressive legacy …

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Harriet Hoctor and Yo-Yo Ma

Posted by: Pat Padua

The rejuvenative force of spring (or is it hunkering down for the winter?) leads to many an autumn baby. This week In the Muse would like to celebrate the birthdays of two  alliteratively named figures whose work can be found in the Music Division’s diverse collections. Vaudeville, Broadway, and film dancer Harriet Hoctor was born September …

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A bit o’ Blarney from the Music Division

Posted by: Pat Padua

The  Music Division’s bonnie collections offer a variety of ways to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day. Play an Irish bagpipe from the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection. Follow along to the reels described in Rinnce na h-Éireann : a simplified work on the performance of the dances of Ireland, from An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals. Develop …